Like others I've only had about a dozen days' work since the beginning of this academic year and so in the end I asked my agency why this is. I was told by a senior staff member of the agency concerned that daily supply has been hit in their experience due to a number of funding-related strategies that schools use, which will come as no surprise to you but here goes: Schools are increasingly using unqualified graduates straight from university who they can pay the minimum wage or similar. Obviously this compares extremely favourably to a normal teaching supply rate, or even that of a cover supervisor, when you factor in the agency fees. Academies, which in some areas are highly prolific, are employing cover supervisors, sometimes on zero-hour contracts, and share these individuals amongst member schools across a region. This again results in agencies not getting the work. Some agencies are placing qualified teachers in as cover supervisors, to undercut other agencies. Frequently schools are not accepting qualified teachers who have QTLS, such as myself (25 years' teaching experience) which results in these individuals being paid at cover supervisor rate. From what this person was saying and from my own lack of work, I would say that the only way supply teachers can compete is to do long-term supply. The daily supply market appears to have been reduced to placing anyone with a pulse in front of students and expecting the impossible. Food for thought on the future, in even a year's time, on the sustainability of daily supply. Again this is as informed to me recently by the head of a supply teaching agency.